This Week’s Update

The Senate amended and passed a continuing (CR) to fund the government beyond the September 30 expiration date to December 3 (H.R. 5305). The CR includes $28.6 billion for natural disasters, $6.3 billion for Afghan relocations, and an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The Senate-passed version of CR does not include a suspension of the debt limit. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Rohit Chopra to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and Todd Robinson, Mary Catherine Phee, Monica Medina, Jessica Lewis, and Karen Donfried to be Assistant Secretaries of State.

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate amended and passed a continuing (CR) to fund the government beyond the September 30 expiration date to December 3 (H.R. 5305). The CR includes $28.6 billion for natural disasters, $6.3 billion for Afghan relocations, and an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The Senate-passed version of CR does not include a suspension of the debt limit. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Rohit Chopra to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and Todd Robinson, Mary Catherine Phee, Monica Medina, Jessica Lewis, and Karen Donfried to be Assistant Secretaries of State.
  • House – The House passed the CR, as amended by the Senate, which was then signed into law by President Biden. The House passed standalone legislation to suspend the debt ceiling through December 2022 (S. 1301). The House delayed a scheduled vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684). A vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package could occur later today or be further delayed.

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate may vote on invoking cloture on the House-passed bill to suspend the debt ceiling. The Senate could also consider the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755), the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 5323), and a short-term extension of surface transportation programs. The Senate will continue its consideration of pending nominations.
  • House – The House is currently scheduled to hold a committee work week and meet in pro forma session, but the schedule could change depending on the status of negotiations on the bipartisan infrastructure package and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

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